Hops and Health

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In Germany, hops have been named “Medicinal Plant of the Year 2007” by the “Study Group for the Historical Development of Medicinal Plant Science” at the University of Würzburg/Germany. In USA, hops have been selected as theme plant of the 2008 Garden Walk at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where research on the plant is ongoing in the UIC/NIH Botanical Centre.

This site will provide you with information on the healing power of the medicinal plant hops.

Since the Middle Ages, hops have been used for a great diversity of medical purposes. Currently, the plant has become an important element in herbal medicine (phythotherapy) where it is used mainly as a sleeping agent and tranquilliser. In recent years, interest in hops as a medicinal plant has grown considerably. The focus is on research into the different hop components such as e.g. xanthohumol and its potential cancer preventive activities.

A book on Hops and Health has been published by the German Hop Museum in Wolnzach/Germany.